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Petty Cash Taqueria

Petty Cash Taqueria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pettycashtaqueria.com
  • Phone: (323) 933-5300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Walter Manzke
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fuller
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Petty Cash Taqueria
Walter Manzke's Petty Cash is a semi-authentic taqueria with myriad talent drawn from East LA, Baja and beyond. Petty Cash's menu features re-conceptualized street food classics driven by the best local, seasonal ingredients, rooted in multi-generational tradition and technique.

Featuring urban elements such as hand-painted murals by local street artist RETNA, a back room with shuffleboard, and picnic style tables and bench seating which lend to a relaxed and playful communal dining experience. The street art meets street food vibe channels the spirit of Tijuana circa 1986 meets 2013. The equally spirited cocktail program by Executive Beverage Director Julian Cox features unique craft cocktails on draft, eclectic Mexican spirits and a beer cellar.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Must try the guacamole!! The food is locally sourced, and is sensational. Great, unique and awesome!!!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The best fish taco I have ever had! If you like Mexican food, you need to eat here."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "This is by far one of the very best Taqueria's around, any area… well worth the drive from our home that is in Century City area.. Food is to "die for "… everything on the menu is yummy and nice presentation… bar, makes a good drink, as well.. They truly honor your reservation and our table for 8 was waiting for us… so refreshing … This was our second trip to Petty Cash and definitely not our last…: ) Nice manager , so welcoming and nice server as well… they make you feel so welcomed and will do everything to make you happy.."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The food is very good. The tacos are a little small for the price, but other dishes can make up for it and will really fill you up. I recommend getting a quesadilla along with an order of the potato tacos. Drinks are also very good."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I expected much more given the self-aggrandizement and accolades from Bobby Flay. Fish and grilled octopus tacos were tasteless. Guacamole average."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I've been to this spot twice in the last few weeks. Both times the food, service, atmosphere and general impressions have all been really positive. The management is so kind and attentive, the service at the bar is lovely and the food is SO SO good. Their fish taco is worth the drive from the west side. The guac and the Brixton are enough to keep me coming back. Love this place."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Love this place for food with fabulous service and excellent design. Terrible for conversation unless you like yelling."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The place is really good and a fun atmosphere. The bathroom is only one stall so the line for the women's can get very long. The drinks are very good and there is a large selection the food is hit or miss some items were very good some items were just average. But the price for the portion and how good it is doesn't work."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "had a great dinner and drink! best fish taco ive ever had. the table next to us was extremely loud so they quickly moved us to another area of the restaurant. great people and food."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "AMAZING! Food was great. We had the cauliflower nachos which were so good! All the food has such nice flavors we didn't even try the salsas on them. A little pricey but the food quality was worth the price. Would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Really good tacos and more....Great vibe...excellent service. Just love it!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Petty Cash was awesome. The food there is upscale Veggie-Non-veggie Mexican and it's amazing!! The Ceviche Hamachi is one of the best ceviches I have ever had in my life. The service was great. Knew how to read the table. Will go back there again and again."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Loved the grilled octopus taco! Great dining room. A bit on the noisy side, but you roll with it. This place is fun!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "love petty cash, but the acoustics really are terrible. so so loud!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Yummy all around- great room, delicious food and cocktails with extensive tequila/mezcal list and flights. Attentive, knowledgable servers. Great for a date or a crowd"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Not a bad spot at all. Some of the food was incredibly tasty and there was really nothing that was bad in the slightest. The drinks are overpriced and nothing special though. The wrong place to go on a date though. Way too loud and just the wrong vibe. I would definitely be open to going back with some friends though."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Overall it was a great experience when you combine good innovative Mexican food good service and creative margaritas. I highly recommended to anyone that has not been there."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This is the second time visiting here and probably the last. Through the tacos - carne asada and al pastor - were very good, the salad and the Brussels sprouts were not great at all. It is extremely loud in the restaurant. Don't go with a group because you'll never hear what anyone is saying."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I wish I was already a regular. Fantastic food. Best Margarita ever... wanting more. Soon."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food amazing but loud rock n roll made it a bit hard to relax and enjoy. Cocktails were awesome."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "With the exception of the dorados tacos, which were bland, the food was outstanding. Liked the pastor, mushroom and grilled octopus tacos. Also liked the boom.com appetizer served with great guacamole. The add in of sea urchin was a good treat."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The cauliflower nachos and ceviche were both delicious - the tacos (we tried 3 different ones) were all so-so. Drinks were very innovative. Very noisy on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This place has a great drinks and tequila choices. The tacos were decent, but nothing to write home about. The al pastor was super salty! Very goo cauliflower nachos and shrimp ceviche tostada."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "If a single star means great, and 5 means exceptionally so then the 5 I gave Petty Cash, I meant. This is a truly fantastic, creative, fun spirited place. The food is top shelf without the elite hoo hah. Yes!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Had people in from outta town and we had a blast! The food was great. The drinks were awesome."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I wouldn't say that this is the BEST, most authentic taco in LA, nor would I say it is the CHEAPEST taco in LA... however, it is a good "happy medium" if you want really delicious food without having to eat from a paper plate while sitting on the curb. The restaurant is very nice inside and is very active. They have a full bar with specialty cocktails and a long list of beers. Price-wise, you'll spend about $4 per taco --- the potato tacos are delicious and the best deal going (3 for $3.50, I believe) and a steak quesadilla will set you back about $9. We had multiple drinks, tacos, a quesadilla, and two desserts and spent less than $100 (incl. tip). Very happy with the dining experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had dinner here with a friend and it was a wonderful experience. The food was different but extremely tasty and the different drinks were outstandingly delicious. I will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "$4 for 1 silver dollar size taco, and margaritas filled only 3\4 full. Bit of a scam. We wound up paying $60 each for very basic Mexican food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Everything from the drinks to the appetizers to the todos were delicious. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is a little pricey for what you get"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Restaurant has a nice open feel, vibrant and busy. It was well-attended on a Tues. night. Staff was helpful. Bar serves fun drinks but compared to cocktails available nearby they are $2-$4 more than average. Tacos range from 4.50-6.50 a piece. Al Carbon was excellent, the cochinita pibil was oddly sedate, the fish was excellently cooked but needed some stronger flavors. Tacos come a la carte - no sides. Lots of ceviche, and fun chocolate crickets. You can have the same meal, but without the "scene", at nearby Tinga for about $15.00 less per person, and at the end of the day, unless you're going for the scene, it makes Petty Cash priced too high. It's trying to be a middle-ground restaurant, but the portion/price ratio is not right yet."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Good fusion Mexican joint. Great flavors on all the dishes and friendly eager service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have been trying to get to petty cash for over a year now. We ended up sitting at the bar which is first come first serve. The bartender Nick was great. He gave us tips on some of the best dishes to try seeing how it was our first time visiting. The ceviche and tacos were great. My favorite was the pork belly taco. How could you go wrong. Would definitely go back"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The cocktail list is as unique as the menu. If you are into craft cocktails, the Brixton is for you. It's Gin, poblano sorbet, habanero, fresh lime, flaming green Chartreuse...its strong and spicy and flaming...what more could one ask for?! From brussel sprouts to ceviche, this place has everything a foodie wants. The atmosphere is energetic and the staff is knowledgeable and attentive, which are both hard to find in LA, especially a hot spot like this one. It's great for large groups as they have some large tables."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Customer service at this restaurant was excellent. The food was just ok when it comes to the regular Mexican dishes like black beans and or tacos. Their specialty items like the cauliflower nachos and brussel sprouts were great. I would definitely dine here again if in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had to flag down the waiter at least 10 times. We had no patience, and seemed extremely aggravated every time we asked for something like salt. The food I had was tough and fatty. It was a total waste of money."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Don't let the semi-authentic label fool you. The tacos are excellent, especially the octopus tacos. Margarita was possibly the best I've had in LA, and I've had a lot."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food is great, drinks are terrific. As a rule I CANNOT stand community tables unless we're dealing with a crawfish boil or a bbq, so if I had to say anything "negative" about Petty Cash this would be it. That being said, I absolutely love this place. The Cauliflower Nachos are amazing- vegetarian or no. Keep up the good work. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Great atmosphere and great food. Menu is simple but effective. Came 1x before with a large group and we didn't like that the tacos come out in groups of types of tacos ordered (IE all the carne asada on one plate, chicken on another, etc) which made it confusing to send the correct tacos to their owners. Some of our friends didnt get their food because others accidentally ate it. Even if it makes it easier on kitchen staff, it's confusing for patrons and a hassle for waitstaff. Also CHANGE THE HAPPY HOUR (hora feliz) TIMES! Who can make it to a 5-6pm HH? I work close by on SM Blvd & La Brea, most people get off at 6pm but even if I was off at 5, the traffic alone makes it difficult to truly enjoy that happy hour. 6-7 is better!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Food was great but tacos are way too expensive for what they are"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I am not a fan of Mexican food. In fact I have only ever been to one that I have enjoyed up until I went to petty cash, now there are 2. The food was light, delicat, fragrant, nicely presented and quite tasty. The wait staff were very attentive and friendly. I would recommend all their tacos but the octopus one in particular. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014